Greg was born on October 28, 1948, to Clark and Janie Hobbs in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. He was lovingly raised by his aunts, Francis (Sissy) Hickerson and Bruna (Budda) Echsner, and his uncle, Paul (Papa) Echsner, in Winchester, Kentucky. Greg passed away on November 28, 2021, at his home in Mesquite, Texas, at the age of 73 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.
He is survived by his wife Vicki; their three children and their spouses: Kathy Reed and her husband Tommy, Paul Hobbs and his wife Billie, and Molly Hickman and her husband Kellan; seven grandchildren: Hunter, Parker, and Skylar Hobbs, Savannah Reed, and James, Jesse, and George Hickman; sisters, Linda Otis and Diane Hatton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Greg attended George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester, Kentucky, where he sang in the choir and played drums in the band. He was a self-taught guitarist who enjoyed writing original songs and poetry and loved the music of the Smothers Brothers, Peter, Paul and Mary, John Denver, and James Taylor among others. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He continued working with the Boy Scouts for many years.
After high school, Greg attended Southeastern Christian College in Winchester, Kentucky, where he met his future wife Vicki Binford. He was often asked to sing and play his guitar and became known for his version of "I'm in Love With a Big Blue Frog" by Peter, Paul and Mary.
Greg and Vicki were married on December 28, 1971. They would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in December of this year.
Greg proudly served in the US Army from 1971-1973. He trained as a medic and physical therapy specialist. After training, he ran the physical therapy clinic on the Army base in Giessen, Germany, until his discharge in 1973. Following his time in the Army, Greg worked in the fencing industry in the Dallas, Texas, area until he retired in 2018. Most of his fencing years were spent at Binford Supply Co, which was owned by his father-in-law Jim Binford. He also worked at Master Halco and Stephens Pipe and Steel, which was proudly based in his home state of Kentucky.
Known for his quick wit and snappy comebacks, Greg was a lover of corny jokes and a master of puns.
He was quiet in his faith, but he was a prayer warrior and never afraid to let anyone know about the peace he had knowing that, as a believer, he would one day go to his eternal home in heaven.
He loved God first, fiercely loved his family, was loyal to his country, and always looked forward to hunting, fishing, and cooking at the church youth retreats. If you knew him you know no matter where he lived, Kentucky was his home and he was the #1 fan of University of Kentucky basketball. (GO KATS!)
He will be deeply missed and forever remembered as a loving, faithful husband, dad, Gramps, and servant of his Lord.
Thank you to everyone at Hospice Select whose kindness and care guided our family through the past two years. A special thanks to Jasmine West, Greg's aide over the last year. She has the true heart of a caregiver and could coax a smile and joke out of Greg even on his worst days.
The family requests that memorials be made to Parkinson Voice Project in Dallas, Texas, and Boy Scouts of America.
Burial at DFW National Cemetery
Please join the family for a come and go memorial service held at Sunnyvale Park Square (129 Collins Road, Sunnyvale, Texas 75182) on December 9, 2021, from 12-2pm, with a time of remembrance from family and friends at 1:00. Parking available near rear of building, service will be held in open square next to Hope Coffee.